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Comment: And what of upselling? (Score 4, Interesting) 714

by plopez (#48220617) Attached to: Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

Good staff knows how to upsell. That extra appetizer, dessert, beer, etc. Will it be as effective as static ads on UIs?

But basically any jobs replaced will be the most robot jobs in the first place. Just like long ago the most repetitious jobs on assembly lines were replaced by robots and now how the most repetitious jobs in IT are becoming automated. Book keeping is already automated but I can see a time when tax accounting coupled with rules engines and data mining could remove many corporate tax attorney and accounting jobs. Taxes are just rules after all. You might need a few people coverting the tax code to standard set of rules for an optimization engine but the days of large staff pouring over tax laws may be numbered.

But it is just like the WSJ to blame one insignificant factor. There are other factors at play and their coverage is not fair, balanced, well reasoned, or complete.

Comment: GIGO (Score 1) 145

by plopez (#48212191) Attached to: Machine Learning Expert Michael Jordan On the Delusions of Big Data

Garbage in, garbage out. Mindlessly throwing analytics at data which is garbage will result in ..... garbage. I have worked at a number of places where we aggregated data from numerous sources. I most cases when we QA'd those data we found missing data, stale data, and flat out incorrect data. We had to spend a large sum of $$ scrubbing it. Once a data stream is polluted cleaning it is almost impossible.

And the matter is made worse by poor DB design, anyone who designs a DB which allows nulls and does not make proper use of constraints should not be allowed anywhere near software development or data analysis, and DB engines which give you "eventuality consistent" data. "Faith based" is right.

Comment: Re:Hi, I'm the Doctor. Run for your life. (Score 1) 164

by plopez (#48196765) Attached to: Doctor Who To Teach Kids To Code

Or how about:
1) control TARDIS
2) move TARDIS to pick up companion
3) lure companion into TARDIS (yes I know, this is the creepy part)
4) program fabrication machine to assemble K9
5) program K9 to pilot TARDIS to adventure location
6) Send k9 on exploration trip to determine the nature of the problem


Never make anything simple and efficient when a way can be found to make it complex and wonderful.